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computing

[kuh m-pyoo-ting] /kəmˈpyu tɪŋ/
noun
1.
the use of a computer to process data or perform calculations.
2.
the act of calculating or reckoning.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; compute + -ing1

compute

[kuh m-pyoot] /kəmˈpyut/
verb (used with object), computed, computing.
1.
to determine by calculation; reckon; calculate:
to compute the period of Jupiter's revolution.
2.
to determine by using a computer or calculator.
verb (used without object), computed, computing.
3.
to reckon; calculate.
4.
to use a computer or calculator.
5.
Informal. to make sense; add up:
His reasons for doing that just don't compute.
noun
6.
computation:
outer space that is vast beyond compute.
Origin
1375-1425 for earlier sense; 1580-90 for def 6; (v.) < Latin computāre, equivalent to com- com- + putāre to think; (noun) late Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin computus calculation, number, noun derivative of computāre; cf. putative, count1
Related forms
computable, adjective
computability, noun
computably, adverb
computist
[kuh m-pyoo-tist, kom-pyoo-] /kəmˈpyu tɪst, ˈkɒm pyʊ-/ (Show IPA),
noun
miscompute, verb, miscomputed, miscomputing.
precompute, verb, precomputed, precomputing.
recompute, verb (used with object), recomputed, recomputing.
uncomputable, adjective
uncomputableness, noun
uncomputably, adverb
uncomputed, adjective
Synonyms
1. estimate, count, figure.
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Examples for computing
  • Welcome to the era of parental computing, or how the cloud makes children of us all.
  • In fact, the improvements in the electrical efficiency of computing are nothing short of astonishing.
  • But one consequence of this approach is to bring to the mobile business an unappealing part of the personal computing experience.
  • Someone at this moment is tallying up commas or meticulously computing adjective-to-adverb ratios.
  • Companies have figured out how to harness exponential increases in computing power better and faster.
  • The storage of information is called memory, and the processing of information is called computing.
  • The earnings show its efforts in a technology called in-memory computing.
  • Cloud computing is the latest example, and companies large and small are already joining the fray.
  • Yet computing can also be used to tackle climate change.
  • The relationship of these devices to cloud computing may not be obvious.
British Dictionary definitions for computing

computing

/kəmˈpjuːtɪŋ/
noun
1.
the activity of using computers and writing programs for them
2.
the study of computers and their implications
adjective
3.
of or relating to computers computing skills

compute

/kəmˈpjuːt/
verb
1.
to calculate (an answer, result, etc), often with the aid of a computer
noun
2.
calculation; computation (esp in the phrase beyond compute)
Derived Forms
computable, adjective
computability, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin computāre, from putāre to think
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Word Origin and History for computing
compute
1630s, from Fr. computer, from L. computare "to count, sum up," from com- "with" + putare "to reckon," orig. "to prune" (see pave).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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computing in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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